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...By now you should know that I'm a fan of maples and their red leaves, right XD ?

I'm dusting off some old stuff to talk about something that I learned about them recently.
Mimicking a post about hanami I was looking forward to Autumn for a post about momijigari for my Rome's blog-- Unfortunately for a series of troubles I couldn't check the spots that I wished and I couldn't gain enough material for a proper report.
The only maple that I managed to visit was the one of my friend Antonio, who's sporting one in his karesansui garden in Garbatella... I'm sharing the pictures that I took by then:

During my researches though, I had some difficulties to find locations featuring maples, expecially those that produce a red foliage-- Investigating further, I got to know that it's because of some ancient Greek legend.

Deimos and Phobos, two deities associated with the terror and fear of war, were the twin sons of Ares and Aphrodite.
They used to accompany their father during his raids on his chariot, causing panic, together with their aunts, Enyo and Eris, associated with war and strife respectively.
It's said that Deimos and Phobos were usually asleep, and they woke up once they saw the red of blood.
As maples assume a sharp red foliage in autumn, it's said that the tree has an unlucky vibe, as it could awake the two brothers from their slumber.
There's always something charming about Greek mythology, isn't there?
--But for this association of the red leaves of the maples with blood, there's very little of them in Rome D:

I almost forgot before starting to write this post, but I saved a leaf from Antonio's tree to use it as a bookmark, according to those fancy traditions of sort--
--I guess it's time to go back and try to finish to read that damn booklet then, LOL XD

Date: 15/1/15 22:49 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
<3 <3

Il giardino di Antonio!

Date: 18/1/15 16:01 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Che meraviglia quelle foglie rosse! Ero davvero curiosa di vedere il famoso giardino giapponese di Antonio e devo dire che quell'acero giapponese è davvero delizioso! Davvero interessante questa leggenda, grazie per averla condivisa. Se non erro in Giappone il colore rosso ha qualche significato analogo, o almeno è quello che ho dedotto dal fatto che i capelli rossi (più che quelli biondi ecc. ) fossero sempre associati a figure maligne, come gli oni ecc.
Spero di riuscire a informarmi di più a questo proposito :)


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